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What Is the Difference Between Security and Privacy, and Why Does It Affect Your Program?

Technical teams and IT professionals aren’t the only ones who need to be concerned about cybersecurity in today’s digital age. The reality is that security, safety, and privacy are issues that everyone, especially those in the communications industry, must understand. In this post, we will define security and privacy and discuss why they are vital to you, your organization, and the clients you serve.


What’s the distinction between security and privacy?

While privacy is focused with the protection of user identity, security is focused on the protection of data. On the other hand, the specific distinctions are more intricate, and there might be some similarities between the two.

Security refers to the prevention of unwanted data access. We implemented security safeguards to limit who has access to the information.

Privacy is more difficult to establish, in part because user-specific information might potentially be secure data. We will have a blog with further information about Personally Identifiable Information in the following month (PII).

For example, instead of sending information via personal email accounts, hospital and clinic workers use secure platforms to interact with patients about their health. This method of data transport exemplifies security. Privacy provisions, on the other hand, may limit access to patient health records to specified hospital staff members such as doctors, nurses, and medical assistants. Privacy may also limit when users have access to specific information (i.e. business hours only).


The value of security

Although the notions of security and privacy are entwined, we know that security without privacy is possible, but privacy without security is impossible.

As technology progresses and our reliance on it grows, we become increasingly reliant on it. However, our reliance renders us more vulnerable to security dangers such as identity theft and email hacking.

Inadequate security has put information systems and the data they hold at risk. Individuals whose data is stored on these systems may suffer significant consequences as a result of the data loss.


Making users feel safe

Aside from technical concerns, your visitors should be aware of what to expect from your website and digital communication channels. Because locating HIV information can be a very personal experience for the user, it is critical that those users have – and are aware of – a safe environment.

As Silicon Valley has underlined, there is growing desire for us to roll out new functionality and improve the user experience. More than ever, those of us in health communication must recognize the need to innovate while still protecting our consumers’ security and privacy.